Adam Assenza is looking to reclaim the title he lost to UFC vet Jason Saggo last year, following a TKO victory at BTC 6 over the weekend.
Burlington, ON — Adam Assenza had a successful night at BTC 6, but it wasn’t the fight he expected. Original opponent Thomas Webb, a veteran of Titan FC and LFA among other promotions, was forced out due to injury. Fellow American Mark Coates stepped up on three days notice, and came out firing. Canadian Assenza, one of Burlignton’s own, however, got the upper hand, and was soon unloading some nasty ground n’ pound.
All in the first round. It was a small miracle the fight wasn’t stopped, and Coates never made it out for the second. That gave Assenza the TKO win, and he told Cageside Press post-fight that he felt “like it should have been stopped earlier. He took the fight on short notice, I didn’t want him to get hurt too much.”
“It’s always different when you have a new opponent, but you’ve got to be ready to go at all times,” he said of the opponent switch. “I feel like the T-Webb fight would have been exciting, because I know he likes to stand as well. It wasn’t his fault, he got hurt, but like I said, if he wants to do it later on, we can do that.”
There’s another fight he has in mind, however. Assenza is the former BTC lightweight champion, a title he lost to ex-UFC fighter Jason Saggo last November. Webb or Saggo? “I don’t know, you’d have to ask BTC. I want my belt back. I’m ready to fight whenever,” Assenza said Saturday night.
The good news is, MMA on the regional scale is getting a boost in the form of BTC, who will hold their seventh show in August in Ottawa. “I feel like it is,” Assenza said about the regional scene in Ontario coming back. “I do really, really well in ticket sales in Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, Toronto, so you know I’m going to just keep pumping it as much as I can, fighting as much as I can local, and just keep going from there.”